Right now truthfully I am feeling like - if it weren't for bad luck - I'd have no luck at all
So..... as we all know - I am trying (desperately) to sell my lil home. That means it has to be in tip top shape all the time - in case - IN CASE - someone wants to view it.
The last folks who were in a week ago - told me the bathroom in the basement had a leaky shower head. (like I would know that ! considering I never EVER use it) - my agent told me "no big deal - just replace the washer".
So Friday evening I ran into the local hardware and picked up some special washer I needed for the shower head..... came home and changed it. The shower head still leaked. So I figured turn the tap on and off again and make sure it was firmly shut off. I turn it on............ go to turn it off ........ and the turning thing turned and turned and turned and didn't shut the water off at ALL!!! So now I have a shower running that won't shut off AND another set of clients coming through the house on Saturday. I did the smart thing (at least I thought it was smart) I shut the water off to the bathroom.
The clients came through on Saturday said they loved the house - but as with everyone else who "loved" the house - haven't heard a word from them since. Anyway - after they left I made a meatloaf - a nice salad - and decided to have potatoes. I put the potatoes in a plastic bowl in the microwave. After 8 minutes I checked and they weren't done - so I put them in for another 7 minutes.
I don't know how long it went - but suddenly I have sirens going off in the house and smoke pouring out of the kitchen. I ran to the microwave - opened the door to find a totally melted smouldering bowl of - god only knows - potatoes and melted plastic. The alarm was screaming - I threw open the kitchen window - just as the alarm company called me. I explained what had happened - said everything was out - and I didn't need the fire department. Oh yeah I forgot to tell you - I had thrown the stupid bowl on the counter - cause there were dishes in the sink.
Once the alarm had stopped and the smoke was dissipating I threw some meatloaf and salad on my plate and went to eat dinner. The mess could wait!
When I went back the smell of melted plastic was still VERY strong in the kitchen. I picked the bowl up ................. and.............. it had continued to smolder while it sat on my kitchen counter and had burned a rather nasty big spot on the wood counter top. I touched it and was shocked how hot it still was. I went under the cabinet to see if it had burned all the way through. I couldn't see any marks but put my hand up to the underside to feel around - and oh my god !! it was burning hot!! Now I felt sick and scared. Should I call the fire department - call the alarm company?? Was the fire smoldering ????
I stood there putting very wet cold clothes on the burn mark - filled the sink up with freezing cold water (no I don't know why I did that) and finally the heat dissipated. BUT I can tell you I didn't sleep very well Saturday night - imagining the smoke alarm going off again - and my whole kitchen on fire.
Today I am left with a shower that doesn't work in the basement and a burned kitchen counter AND a lil house I really DO want to sell.............. and feeling so small and alone and wishing I could just pack up and move to W and have someone to take care of me.
Like I said - if it weren't for bad luck - I'd have no luck at all.